Drake is Staying Alive – he smashed The Beatles' 55-year Billboard Hot 100 record

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The 35-year-old Canadian rapper just surpassed The Beatles on the Billboard Top 100. (PHOTO: Instagram@champagnepapi)
The 35-year-old Canadian rapper just surpassed The Beatles on the Billboard Top 100. (PHOTO: Instagram@champagnepapi)

First he was tied with The Beatles with 29 top five bangers in the Billboard Hot 100 but now, with the release of Staying Alive, Drake has topped the legendary Brit band with 30 top five hits.

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Staying Alive debuted at No 5 on 20 August on the Billboard Chart.

The Beatles, with 29 top five hits, fell to second place after holding the record for 55 of Billboard's 64-year chart history. The band is followed by Madonna with 28, Mariah Carey with 27, Janet Jackson with 26, Rihanna with 23 and Elvis Presley with 21.

The British band last charted with their 1970 hit The Long and Winding Road/For You Blue, according to Billboard. 

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The Beatles held the record for an incredible 55 years. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Drake posted a screenshot of his achievement on Instagram.

"Ok I broke my records for the month," he wrote on Instagram. On his Instagram Story, Drake posted a photo of a plate that read: "Just another celebration." 

Before he was Drake the rapper, he was Aubrey Graham, child actor.

He first appeared in the Canadian series Degrassi in 2001 when he was 14, playing Jimmy Brooks, a popular eighth-grader and basketball star who eventually becomes paraplegic. 

He began working on his music when he was in his late teens and when his acting and music schedules clashed, he chose to follow a career in music.

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His first number one album, Thank Me Later, dropped in 2010, under Lil Wayne's record label, and his chart-topping reign began with the single Best I Ever Had from his debut album.

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Lil Wayne was the first to sign Drake. (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

While Thank Me Later made Drake famous, Take Care is the track that made him a global celebrity.

With 11 number one hits, 59 top ten hits and 277 songs on the Billboard top 100, Drake, it seems, is unstoppable.

Sources: billboard.com dailymail.com usatoday.com insider.com

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